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Principal
Beth Larson

beth.larson@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-7913

I have worked in Jeffco since 2000, teaching 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade. I was an assistant principal for 3 years and a principal for the last 5 years. I am thrilled to be the principal of Rooney Ranch! I grew up in the Chicago area and have been in Colorado since 1994. My husband and I have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. They have all gone through Jeffco schools. I am a huge lacrosse fan! Three of my children played in college. I love being outdoors. On the weekends I try to go mountain biking, hiking, or skiing. I feel fortunate to live in our wonderful state.
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DeAnn Hoffman

deann.hoffman@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-2731
This is my first year at Rooney Ranch and I am incredibly excited to join the team as your Assistant Principal. I am originally from Wisconsin but moved to Colorado and received my undergraduate degree at Colorado State University. I received my Masters in Education at Regis University after having spent several years in the corporate world and have had the pleasure of working for Jeffco for 14 years as classroom teacher, Instructional Coach and Evaluation Coach. My husband Bryan and I have two amazing kids. Alex (20) is a junior at the University of Arizona and Sydney (16) is a junior at Dakota Ridge HS. I can’t forget about our “furry child” - a 2-year-old dog named Kaya. I love to run and hike (Colorado is perfect for it!) and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
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Principal's Secretary
Carrie Jark

carrie.jark@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9597
I have worked at Rooney Ranch since August, 2006 and have been the Principal's Secretary since August, 2007. I love working with our wonderful staff and all of the families that have been at Rooney over the years - they are the best!! I enjoy travelling with my three sons (who all went to Rooney) and my daughter-in-law. I also love to walk with my Golden Retriever, read a good book or watch a movie in my spare time.
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Attendance Secretary
Debbie Gonzales

dagonzal@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9603
I have been so fortunate to have been at Rooney Ranch since it opened in 1994.  I have been blessed this year with a beautiful grandson, Noah Robert, he was born on March 5, 2015!  I can not tell you what a joy it is to be a grandmother!  I love being with the loves my life, my beloved husband Bob and my children, Nicole, Dan, Joe and Jess.  I enjoy early morning walks, being with my family in Pueblo and having the greatest friends who are my family my co-workers at Rooney Ranch!
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Health Aide 
Alice Glassner

alice.glassner@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM
I have worked for Jeffco Schools for the past 15 years. This is my first year at Rooney Ranch as the Health Aide. The staff at Rooney Ranch is amazing. I have been married to my husband John for the past 38 years and we've been blessed with a son and a daughter and our beloved gold retriever, Shiloh. I lived in the mountains for 28 years and now live in Littleton. I love the outdoors, hiking, traveling, gardening and hosting formal teas.
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Teacher-librarian
Natalie Schiele
natalie.schiele@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-7355
This is my 6th year at Rooney and 17th year in education. As a Green Mountain grad, I feel very fortunate to come back to the area I grew up in. In addition to my role as digital teacher-librarian at Rooney, I am also on the district Library Leadership team and the Elementary Book Review Committee.
I'm a Rooney parent of a 1st grader and I also have a four-year-old. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, gardening, learning new technology, reading a good book, or watching a few of my favorite television series with my husband.

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Bo Oryshchyn

boryshch@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-8308
I am a Colorado native and grew up in the Lakewood area. I attended Jeffco schools, Slater for Elementary, Lakewood Junior High (before middle schools) and Lakewood High School. I have been teaching for 23 years and this is my 9th year here at Rooney! I love being at Rooney and teaching art to the wonderful and creative students here! I have two daughters who attend High School in Jeffco and my wife is also a Jeffco employee. We are a Jeffco family! In my spare time I enjoy doing art, woodworking and going on hikes with my wife and family.
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Kelsey Skiles

kelsey.skiles@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9444
I am a west coast transplant who as loved living in Colorado for the past 7 years. I have a degree in music education from Azusa Pacific University and a masters in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Denver. This is my first year at Rooney Ranch, my first year with JeffCo, and my 6th year teaching music full time. I am thrilled to be a part of this vibrant, fun community! When I'm not teaching music I love to bike, perform music and improv comedy, and play in the mountains while hiking and skiing.
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Specials-P.E.
Joel Halliwell

joel.halliwell@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-7846
I am a transplant from the East coast. Having grown up in the small town of Noank, Connecticut, I moved to Colorado in 1992. I began teaching in 1993 at Mount St. Vincent Home in Denver for a few years before becoming a Jefferson County teacher at Leawood Elementary School. I taught there for six years before coming over to Rooney Ranch Elementary. I have now been at Rooney for 14 years and love every day, as every day offers so many different opportunities. I have also been a softball and baseball coach at D’Evelyn High School since 1995. Coaching gives me the opportunity to work with both elementary and high school students. I continue to learn new teaching techniques on a daily basis. I love being at Rooney Ranch with all the students and staff that have made my teaching career such a wonderful experience.
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Chris Mattes

christian.mattes@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-0913
I have been at Rooney Ranch for 9 years, and this is my 14th year in Jeffco. Before I was a school psychologist, I worked as a commercial photographer in the Denver area. Currently, my family is very school-oriented; my wife is a middle school teacher, my oldest son is a senior at Colorado School of Mines and my youngest son is Sophomore at Western State Colorado University. In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, and fishing. My wife and I are finishing a log cabin located in South Park and I fly in my hot air balloon, Skywalker, whenever I get the chance.
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Kelly Phillips

kelly.phillips@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9332
Hello! I am excited to support your child's social and/or academic learning goals and for opportunities to collaborate as a team. This is my 11th year working in Jefferson County. I am a Jeffco graduate and my three children attend Jeffco schools! I was born in Colorado, that really makes me a true native who enjoys hiking, skiing, and the beautiful Colorado sunsets. I love to hear from parents throughout the year!
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Shawn Demers

shawn.demers@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-8063
I'm very excited to begin another year at Rooney Ranch this year! I am a SERS Team member and will be supporting both students and staff at this amazing school.
Not only have I spent my entire career here in Jeffco, I also grew up here, going to Leawood Elementary, Ken Caryl Middle School and Columbine High School. In my spare time I enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking and spending time with family and friends. I've live here in Green Mountain, so I am thrilled to be a part of the Rooney Ranch and greater Green Mountain community!
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Amy Billingsley

amy.billingsley@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-216-6049
I have been a Speech Language Pathologist for 18 years and this will be my 6th year at Rooney Ranch. Yippee! I love working with kids because they make such amazing growth in a short amount of time. I am married and have 2 children, Reese (12) and Jack (9). We love to enjoy everything outdoors and go up to the mountains as often as we can. When we don't have lacrosse, cxc, baseball or basketball games we spend our free time skiing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and camping in our wonderful Colorado mountains.
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Anne Nelson
anne.nelson@jeffco.k12.co.us

Hello! I am very excited to spend my first year in Jeffco Schools as the ESL Tutor at Rooney Ranch! My name is Anne Nelson, and I have been a K-adult ESL instructor for 15 years. I am a Colorado native, and recently moved from my home of 8 years in Estes Park, CO with my new husband, and our charming Corgi/Golden dog, Nigel. I am very happy to be in the ESL Department at three Jeffco schools this year: Rooney Ranch, Glennon Heights, and Adult ESL at Alameda High School. I am also completing my final year toward a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Adams State University. When I'm not teaching, I love to hike new trails, read a great book, and enjoy fun times with friends and family. I look forward to a great year here at Rooney Ranch!

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Kindergarten
Jeni Barton
jennifer.barton@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-8055
I am excited to be part of the kindergarten team at Rooney Ranch. I am originally from Wyoming but have lived in Bozeman, Montana and Phoenix, Arizona as well. I have lived in the beautiful Evergreen for the last 6 years. This will be my sixth year teaching and I have a Masters in Education from Regis University. Prior to teaching, I worked in health care as an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehab and diabetes education for nearly 10 years. I have two amazing daughters ages 12 and 14 and we spend most our weekends on a soccer field. My passions include hiking, skiing, reading, and spending time with my family. We have two dogs, Winnie, who is our 115 pound St. Bernard/Great Pyrenees mix, and puppy Gus, a Bernese Mountain Dog/Great Pyrenees mix that we love to introduce to new people while exploring Colorado. I am looking forward to a great year with a wonderful group of students!
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Kindergartern
Jennifer Cook
jennifer.cook@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-2861
I grew up in Arvada and am a Jefferson County Public School graduate. I have been lucky enough to have taught for 24 years. This is my thirteenth year at Rooney Ranch. I have 2 fabulous children. My son Robinson is a sixth grader and my daughter Addison is a third grader. My husband also teaches kindergarten. We have a black lab named Mika. My favorite team is the Broncos!!!
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Kindergarten
Kelly Fox
kelly.fox@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9615
This is my 4th year teaching at Rooney Ranch Elementary. I completed my Masters in Education in June of 2014 from the University of Denver. Teaching is my 2nd career after working for non-profit's for nearly 10 years. I was raised in Littleton, Colorado and attended Jeffco Schools. I graduated from Chatfield Senior High. I currently live in the Ken Caryl Valley with my husband, four sons and step-daughter. When I am not in the classroom I love to go camping or skiing with my family and spend time with friends.
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Kindergarten
Beth Quinn

elizabeth.quinn@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-0284
I am beyond thrilled to be a teacher at Rooney Ranch Elementary!  I have been a Jeffco teacher since 2002 – spending my years at Little and Red Rocks Elementary Schools before ending up here.  Kyle and I have been married for over 14 years.  We have 3 daughters that also go to Rooney…Devon is in 6th, Izze is in 5th, and Brooklyn is in 2nd.  I “love” to run….so you might see me out & about hitting the pavement.  Besides running, I love to hike with my family, swim, travel, and have dance parties!
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1st Grade
Juliana Felten
juliana.felten@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9433
I am a Colorado native, growing up in Conifer and graduating from Conifer High School before earning my BA in Behavioral Science and Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University. This is my 5th year teaching and I am lucky enough to have spent all 5 years teaching at Rooney Ranch. My husband, RJ, and I love traveling, being outdoors and spending time with our two dogs, Aspen and Nala. I am also passionate about photography and love to read.
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Erin Kelly

erin.kelly@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9689
I grew up in Colorado and graduated from Broomfield High School. Recently I earned my degree from Metropolitan State University. This is my first year of teaching and I couldn’t be more excited to get my start at Rooney Ranch Elementary! I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to be apart of the Rooney Ranch community. I love the outdoors, especially taking my puppy Winnie on hikes! I am also passionate about reading. I cannot wait for what the future holds for me and my teaching career!
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1st Grade
Kathleen Scott
kathleen.scott@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9605
I grew up in Lakewood and I graduated from Green Mountain High School. I have been a teacher at Rooney Ranch for 22 years. I am married with two children. I enjoy riding bikes with my family, attending my children's sporting events, and going to different places on vacation in the summer.
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1st Grade
Jennifer Swaim
jennifer.swaim@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9538
I am a Jeffco Public Schools graduate. I grew up in the Green Mountain area and attended Hutchinson, Dunstan and Green Mountain. I then went to University of Northern Colorado for my undergraduate and University of Phoenix for my graduate degree. I have been teaching at Rooney Ranch for 9 years. I love everything about Rooney Ranch; it's a great place to be! When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family, my two adorable nephews, friends, my black lab Koko and my cat Gizmo, cooking, working out, reading, traveling, basketball, and enjoying all the amazing things Colorado has to offer!

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2nd Grade
Amy Eikermann
amy.eikermann@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9628
I am so excited to be teaching 2nd grade again this year! This is my 10th year at Rooney. I am married to Karl and have 3 kids - my twins, Will and Isabel, are 16, and Henry who is 14 (all Rooney Ranch grads!) I love our school and community and look forward to a wonderful year!
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2nd Grade
Ann Lee
ann.lee@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-8323
I was born and raised in Alabama. My family and I are huge Crimson Tide fans. This is my sixth year in Colorado. This is also my 24th year of teaching. I have taught first, second, third, fifth and sixth grade. My family enjoys spending time together. We have three dogs and one cat. I am also a licensed dog groomer. I make some of my own jewelry. Music is a big part of our lives. I love working in the yard and shopping.
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2nd Grade
Billie Jo Oakley
billie.oakley@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9585
I've been a teacher at Rooney Ranch Elementary for 18 years (currently starting my 19th year). Throughout my career, I have taught several grades (first, second, third, and a 3rd/4th multi-grade class). I feel very fortunate to have been a teacher at this school my entire career. I can honestly say that the Rooney community (both staff and families who have attended our school) are like family to me. I'm truly lucky to have had the chance to work in such a supportive community. When I'm not teaching, I love spending lots of time with my sweet Italian greyhound/rat terrier dog, Cammi. She and I go on long walks and spend lots of time hiking in the beautiful Colorado mountains as often as we can. In addition to spending time with my pup, I love spending time with my family and friends.
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2nd Grade
Kim O'Byrne
kim.obyrne@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9346
This is my 23rd teaching and my 5th year at Rooney. I have taught pre-k—2nd grade in Houston, Englewood, and Jefferson County. I am married to a very supportive husband, John, and we have two beautiful daughters: Kalyn is 19 and Heidi is 15. I am a Colorado native and I love spending time with my family skiing, golfing and traveling. I am thrilled to be a part of the wonderful Rooney community; this truly is the best place to work and learn.
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3rd Grade
Laura Kendall
laura.kendall@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-6396
I am proud to be a Rooney Ranch Mountain Lion and beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work in such a wonderful community! I am a Colorado native, growing up in Evergreen and graduating from Clear Creek High School before earning my BA in English and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. My career path after college lead me into the ski industry for many years and finally brought me back to the classroom in 2008. I am thrilled to be teaching 3rd grade again this year and beginning my sixth year at Rooney Ranch. I have a fun-loving and supportive family including my husband Jeff, son Taylor (14) and daughter, Katie Bea (11). We are passionate skiers, enjoy running and eating sushi, and love to load up our paddle boards for time on the lake.
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3rd Grade
Jordan McMaster
jordan.mcmaster@jeffco.k12.co.us
303-982-9635
I am a so excited to be part of the amazing Rooney Ranch staff! I am proud Jefferson county graduate! I graduated from Lakewood High School. From there I attended the University of Northern Colorado , where I earned a degree in Elementary Education, with a special education minor and English as a second language endorsement. This is my third year of teaching and my second year at Rooney Ranch. When I am not at school I enjoy hiking and exploring with my fiance and our dog Ginger, and planning our wedding coming up this summer! I feel so incredibly lucky to be teaching alongside so many amazing teachers at such an amazing school!
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3rd Grade
A.J. Brown
joseph.brown@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9560
This is my eighth year here at Rooney, and I am so grateful to be here. I am married with two little furry, four legged kids, Maverick and Cooper. Our family will be expanding in December with our first non furry and two legged child. We are super excited about the big change.
I spend most of my free time remodeling our house, playing frisbee with Maverick, and watching the Broncos.

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3rd Grade
Vanessa Metskas
vanessa.metskas@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM: 303-982-9451 

I am so excited and happy to be a Mountain Lion again! Being a Colorado native, I grew up in the Green Mountain area and even attended Rooney Ranch as a child. Its so great to see how things have come full circle! I graduated from GM High School and received my degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. This is my fourth year teaching and first year at Rooney. When I'm not teaching, I plan weddings and events, try new restaurants, and explore Colorado like a tourist with my husband Alex.
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4th Grade
Desiree Amato
desiree.amato@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9206
I have been a teacher at Rooney Ranch for the past 15 years. I have taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade and 4th grade. I feel so blessed to be at such an amazing school with an incredibly talented and supportive staff. I am a Colorado native and graduated from Bear Creek High School. I have a BA in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver. In my free time I love to travel, go to sporting events, attend concerts and workout. I also enjoy spending time with my husband Padraic, my family, friends and my dog Nala.
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4th Grade
Caitlin Helfer
caitlin.helfer@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9438

This is my fifth year teaching at Rooney Ranch and my first year teaching fourth grade.Teaching is my true passion and am so thankful to be doing what I love at such an amazing school. I am married and have a 11 month old baby girl. I have two dogs and live in the mountains. I love doing all of the great things Colorado has to offer, like camping and snowboarding. I enjoy riding my 4 wheeler and my husband loves to dirt bike.
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4th Grade
Michelle Williams

michelle.williams@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-1931
This is my first year at Rooney Ranch but my 4th year teaching in the Jeffco School District. In the past, I have taught 3rd-6th grade. I really enjoy the intermediate kiddos. I am a Colorado native and grew up in Parker. University of Northern Colorado is where I received my bachelor's degree. I have a passion for teaching and working with children. I look forward to working with the Rooney Ranch community and watching kids grow!
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4th Grade
Al Lago, Jr.
alagojr@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9573
I was born and raised in Colorado and went to the following Jefferson County Public Schools: Westgate Elementary, Carmody Junior High, and Bear Creek High School. Going to these schools and being a long time Jefferson County resident motivated me to become a teacher and to work in the Jefferson County School District. I completed my undergraduate work, teacher certification, and master’s work at the University of Colorado at Denver. 
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5th Grade
Trista Morrell
trista.morrell@jeffco.k12.co.us 
VM 303-982-9588

I absolutely LOVE being a teacher here at Rooney Ranch! This is my fourth year teaching at Rooney and my sixth year teaching 3rd grade. I have taught in Englewood and Douglas County school districts before coming to Jeffco. When I am not teaching and learning from my fabulous 3rd graders, I enjoy time the most when spent with family. I have a wonderful daughter and she is a 3rd grader this year at Rooney. We love to travel, spend time in the mountains as well as going on long walks on the Bear Creek trail with our 10 year old Yorkshire Terrier, Riley. I feel so blessed to be at Rooney and I am so grateful for the family unity and the fantastic people that I get to see every day!!!

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5th Grade
Vicky Maher

victoria.maher@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9704
I am thrilled to join the amazing Rooney Ranch staff this year in fifth grade. I enjoyed getting to know the students and staff last year as a substitute teacher and feel lucky to now be here full time. My career began in Chicago Public Schools where I taught for five years and then, taught in Evanston for almost four years. I was lucky enough to stay home with my children and am so excited to restart my career now that they are older. I love that I have the opportunity to teach where my kids attend school. Family time is the most important time in our house and we spend it attending many kids' sporting events, family movie nights, skiing or visiting family in Chicago.
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Nick Sontag

nicholas.sontag@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9626
This will be my eighth year teaching at Rooney Ranch and I think it will be the best one yet! I feel very fortunate to be a part of this school community and truly enjoy helping students develop their skills and abilities. Beyond the classroom, our family loves to be outdoors. My favorite pastimes are mountain biking with my son, skate skiing with our dog, Goose, and losing spirited debates about interior design with my wife
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6th Grade
Nate Mueller

nathan.mueller@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9719
This is my fifth year teaching and am overjoyed to be spending it back at Rooney Ranch. I grew up in Michigan, but moved out to this fine state in 2008 and attended college at UNC. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, biking, drumming, and playing the ukulele.
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6th Grade
Debbie Taylor

deborah.taylor@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-0588
My name is Mrs. Taylor and this is my fourth year here at Rooney Ranch Elementary. Rooney was my first place of teaching in 2008, when I completed my student teaching practices, so my heart never left this great place!! I have been teaching in the Jeffco School District for 9 years and have been so very lucky to work at many great schools in our district. I am married and am a mother to 2 boys, Colton and Weston, and 1 furry son, Chase. I love to spend time with my family and spend time outdoors, especially during the ski season!! I enjoy trying new things and even have an adventurous side to me. I’ve skydived, climbed 14ners, and traveled to some wonderful destinations! I am a huge Denver Bronco fan and Texas Longhorns fan, Texas being my native state! I am so excited to be teaching this year here at Rooney Ranch and know that this year will be the best yet!!
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6th Grade
Emily Van Duerm
emily.vanduerm@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9368
Hi everyone! I couldn't be more excited to spend another year at Rooney Ranch--I think this will be the best year ever! My name is Emily Van Duerm, and I have been teaching intermediate grades since 2009. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and moved to Colorado in 2012--I am so glad that I found my way to Rooney! I live with my husband, our sweet dog Daisy and two mischievous cats. When I'm not teaching, I love to travel, cook, read, spend time hiking outdoors, and am always looking to find a new pizza place! I am currently pursuing my masters degree in CLDE through Regis University.
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Para Pro
Barb Armstrong

Kindergarten-Cook
barbara.armstrong@jeffco.k12.co.us
I have been with Rooney since it opened in 1994 and have loved getting to know the kids and watching them grow.  I am married and have two wonderful boys.  I enjoy riding my bike, hiking and just being outside.  When the weather is cold I like to embroider and quilt. 
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Para Pro
Brenda Artley
Primary
brenda.artley@jeffco.k12.co.us
Rooney Ranch is looking like my second home. All three of our daughters attended Rooney, so I have been here for 13 consecutive years as a parent and volunteer. For the past 3 years, I have been working here as a para-professional, and occasionally as a substitute teacher when needed. I was born and raised in Dallas, TX. While I still cheer for the Cowboys, the Broncos are my #1 team! I earned my teaching degree at Texas A&M University, where I met my husband, Craig. After graduating we moved to Colorado. I worked as a substitute teacher in Jeffco for several years, and I taught kindergarten at Hutchinson for one. We have two daughters in college and an 8th grade daughter at Dunstan Middle School. We are active with the Green Mountain HS Marching Band, though we are enjoying a couple relaxed fall seasons before our youngest enters high school. As an animal lover, I have three rescued dogs (2 beagles and a Chihuahua) and a sun conure.  I enjoy hiking, gardening, traveling, reading, music, football, and teaching.  I have the perfect job!
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Para Pro
Pam Banks
Clerical
pamela.banks@jeffco.k12.co.us
I have three wonderful children, all alumni of Rooney Ranch Elementary. I have worked at Rooney for almost 19 years. My current job assignment is clerical for the school and I do 5th grade recess and lunch. I am excitingly expecting my first grandchild in December of 2017!
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Para Pro
Annie Bitsie
Kindergarten-Quinn
annie.bitsie@jeffco.k12.co.us
This is my 11th year as a Kindergarten Para at Rooney Ranch. I've been a member of the Rooney Ranch family since 1999, having 3 children who all attended school here. My oldest daughter is now a 4th grade teacher in Ft. Collins and was highly influenced by the amazing teachers she had here as a student! My middle daughter is a Sophomore at University of Arizona. When I'm not working here, I can be found cheering on my son, a Junior at Lakewood HS, at his Ultimate Frisbee games, working out up at Red Rocks or advocating for strong public education here in Jeffco.
I was honored in 2016 to receive the Education Support Professional of the Year Award for the state of Colorado. Our students, who are my number one priority, the Rooney Ranch community and the amazing teachers who I've been blessed to work alongside are why I love my job and feel so passionately about the work that I do.

 

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Para Pro
Bernadette Castro
Kindergarten- Barton
bernadette.castro@jeffco.k12.co.us
I have been a Para at Rooney Ranch for 11 years and I love the community and staff. This is my fifth year working in Kindergarten and I love the little ones. I am married and have two daughters who both went through Rooney Ranch Elementary.
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Terrie Fontenot

terrie.fontenot@jeffco.k12.co.us
Not only am I new to Rooney Ranch, I am also a new Para Pro. I feel privileged to be a part of such an exceptional education team. When I'm not at school, I like to cook, read, and be outside ... occasionally all at the same time! I enjoy entertaining friends and family. I am a passionate volunteer, and donate quite a bit of my time to Volunteers of America. I have a 7th grade son who keeps my husband and me busy with his sports (baseball and skiing) and social schedule. Our small family includes a large dog named Jerry and a dog-like cat named Seth.
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Para Pro
Mandi Graw
amanda.graw@jeffco.k12.co.us
Office
Originally from the Chicago area, I moved to Colorado in 1998 to seek better weather and LOVE IT HERE! I have been married to my wonderful husband Heath for 13 years and we have 2 boys both whom attend school at Rooney Ranch. I love running, skiing, traveling, spending time with my family, watching soccer and walking my French Bulldog Gertie. This is my third year at Rooney and I am honored to be working with such an amazing and fun staff!
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Para Pro
Paula Main
Library/Intermediate grades
I have been a Para at Rooney Ranch for 14 years. I have been married for 34 years and have a son and two daughters. We also have a German Shepherd and two cats. In my free time I like to read or watch movies.
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Para Pro
Nancy McElroy
Kindergarten- Fox
nancy.mcelroy@jeffco.k12.co.us

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Para Pro
Holly Sherrill
One-on-one para educator
holly.sherrill@jeffco.k12.co.us
I have been working at Rooney Ranch for four years. I have a daughter in college and a son in sixth grade. In my spare time I like to read and watch sports (mostly my children). I feel very blessed to be working here, and I absolutely love my job! 

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Para Pro
Wendy Smith
  
Intermediate grades
wendy.smith@jeffco.k12.co.us
This is my sixth consecutive year serving at Rooney Ranch, the first three years as a parent volunteer, and now as a third year para-professional. I am a mom of two wonderful, smart daughters, both of whom attend Rooney Ranch, in 4th and 5th grades. I spend much of my time supporting my girls in their many endeavors including soccer, gymnastics, Girls on the Run, tennis and academic activities. Originally from Texas, I have lived in Colorado for 11 years. I have an undergrad degree in pyschology and a masters in International Business. In my free time, I like to keep active by hiking and biking, gymnastics, yoga and Crossfit. I am passionate and dedicated when it comes to working with, and teaching, the wonderful kiddos here at Rooney.
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Para Pro
Fenna Vogels

One-on-one para educator
fenna.vogels@jeffco.k12.co.us

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Para Pro
Heidi Willcox
Intermediate Grades
heidi.willcox@jeffco.k12.co.us
I was welcomed into the Rooney family last March so this is my first full year working with the kiddos! I work as a support para educator in Special Education with 4th and 6th graders. I am so lucky to be a part of this amazing family of educators. Before coming to work at Rooney Ranch I was a paraprofessional at Arvada High School for 2 1/2 years in the library, which I loved as well. I came to Colorado in 1992 for the summer and never left. My husband and I and our 3 boys,14,11, and 9, live in Arvada. I am an east coast girl, GO VERMONT! When I'm not making sure that Rooney kids are having an AMAZING DAY, I love to support my kids in their sporting and music endeavors, go hiking and biking, ski, bake, knit, work in the gardens, read, and play ANY board game! Winter is my favorite season! Rooney Ranch makes me smile every day.
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Facility Manager
Mark Everman
mark.everman@jeffco.k12.co.us
VM 303-982-9598

This is my second year at Rooney Ranch and my 5th year with Jeffco Custodial. I grew up and went to school in the Green Mountain area, attending Devinny, Dunstan and Green Mountain High School. I love baseball and played all through high school and into college. In my spare time my girlfriend and I enjoy attending any and all Colorado sports events and food festivals as well as camping during the summer.
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Facilities Staff
Ramo Plivac
 
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Facilities
Belle Mouskos
 
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Jennifer Douglas
jennifer.douglas@jeffco.k12.co.us
I officially started as the kitchen manager at Rooney Ranch Elementary in January 2017. This will be my first full school year and I cannot be more excited! I have been with Jeffco Food and Nutrition Services since November 2010 and I have worked in kitchens all over the district. It is an absolute joy to serve the students here at Rooney Ranch!
I am a Colorado native and I grew up in Aurora. I graduated from JK Mullen High School. I am married and I have two kids, a girl and a boy, that attend Dakota Ridge High School. We also have a crazy dog named Calypso that brings a ton of joy into our lives.
I love to run and I am training to compete in my first half-marathon in May 2018. You may see me running the trails or the roads. When I am not running, I enjoy scrapbooking, card-making, attending concerts, reading, hiking, baking, shopping, watching my kids compete in their respective sports, gathering with friends, and spending time with family.

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Kitchen
Anne Reese

anne.reese@jeffco.k12.co.us
I have been in food service for 8 years. I think Rooney Ranch is a wonderful school and community. I am married and have 2 grown sons and one grandson whom I adore.


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